News & Analysis

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    Apple creates new position for Jony Ive

    Jony Ive, the man who has designed Apple’s hardware products for almost two decades and its software products for three, has been promoted to chief design officer. Apple created this position specifically for Ive, who will hand off his managerial duties and focus on, well, designing things. [Source: 9to5Mac]
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    As Blockchain Summit kicks off, angry women can piss off

    It’s been a little over a month now since Bill Tai and the other organizers of the Blockchain Summit announced the moderators and participants lists for their inaugural event on Richard Branson’s private Caribbean isle. The four-day event promised to assemble the world’s “greatest minds in digital innovation” to “define the future.” The Bilderbergian aspirations of the Summit can easily be dismissed as mere breathless PR. The idea of hosting an event on a billionaire’s private island to celebrate a revolutionary peer-to-peer financial…
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    Here’s the remarkable letter Chuck Johnson’s attorney sent to Twitter threatening legal action

    For at least the fourth time in his sad, shameful, misogynist, racist career, Twitter has suspended the rightwing blogger Chuck Johnson. This expulsion came after Johnson solicited donations toward the goal of “taking out” civil rights activist DeRay McKesson. McKesson, who quit his job as a school administrator in Minnesota to join and cover the protests following Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, says he took the tweet “as a serious threat” and thus a violation of Twitter’s policies against…
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    When John Nash met Adam Curtis

    John Nash, the prize-winning mathematician who inspired the film “A Beautiful Mind,” died yesterday in a car crash at age 86. In a recent interview with British filmmaker Adam Curtis for his BBC series “The Trap,” Nash essentially disowned his influential Cold War theories on equilibrium as symptoms of his paranoid-schizophrenic delusions. [Source: “The Trap: What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom”]
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    In a delightfully karmic twist, Hacker’s List users have been “hacked”

    How’s this for karma: A researcher claims to have identified email addresses, phone numbers, and Facebook accounts belonging to users of the Hacker’s List marketplace. In other words, the people looking to hire hackers have themselves been “hacked.” Hacker’s List is meant to “connect people who need professional hackers to professional hackers for hire around the world” through what it calls a “safe, fast, and secure” website. Some #brand experts might call it “Uber for hackers.” Jonathan Mayer, the researcher…
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    Google: like passwords, security questions aren’t that secure

    Google researchers claim that the answers to many of the security questions used to recover an online account — often after someone has forgotten their password or tries to log in with a new device — aren’t particularly secure. These problems were identified after the researchers “analyzed hundreds of millions of secret questions and answers that had been used for millions of account recovery claims at Google” to determine how secure the questions are. The first problem is that…
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    US looks into claims that Uber charged customers for rides they never took

    Authorities inside the United States are investigating reports that Uber has charged British consumers for rides which they claim to have never taken. The Guardian reports that one Uber customer was charged $260 for a ride in California that, because of the time difference, took place in the dead of night. Others have simply claimed that their Uber accounts have been compromised. A spokesperson for Uber told the Guardian that fraudulent charges will be refunded, and, after reiterating that it hasn’t…
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    Listen again to last week’s PandoLIVE, with special guest Emily Guendelsberger

    On last week’s PandoLIVE, Sarah and I were joined by special guest Emily Guendelsberger, a senior staff writer for Philadelphia City Paper who went undercover as an Uber driver and lived to tell the tale. Listen to the full episode below.
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    Expedia sells eLong stake for $671M

    Expedia has sold its 62.4 percent stake in eLong, a Chinese travel firm, for $671 million. One of eLong’s competitors,, is now said to own around 37 percent of the company. [Source: GeekWire]
  14. Overheard

    Many of the companies under [the sharing economy] umbrella, like labor marketplace TaskRabbit, don’t involve ‘sharing” anything other than labor. If TaskRabbit is part of the sharing economy, then so is every other worker in America.

    — Christopher Mims on the so-called 'sharing economy'

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    Uber tries to get into airports

    Nobody wants to step off a plane, wander through an airport, then wait in line for a taxi. Yet many airports are struggling to support on-demand services like Uber because they take up extra space, require them to pay more for insurance, and otherwise complicate a delicate system. [Source: The New York Times]
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    Google’s working on a new Photos app

    Google is reportedly working on a new Photos application that brings its image-backup service out of the moribund Google+ social network. The new app is expected to feature streamlined editing tools, a new design, and other updates that will allow it to thrive as a standalone service. [Source: Android Police]
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    NSA to end bulk phone records collection

    The National Security Agency will end its bulk phone records collection on June 1 even though the USA Freedom Act, which would have curtailed the agency’s surveillance capabilities, failed to pass in the Senate. [Source: The Guardian]
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    Amazon shifts European tax practices

    Amazon will no longer funnel its European revenues through Luxembourg to take advantage of the country’s low corporate tax rates. Instead, it will report revenues in the appropriate countries — beginning with Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Spain — and pay them the appropriate taxes. [Source: The Wall Street Journal]
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    The curse of the first-day pop, and why Shopify deserves better

    Another week, another money-losing tech IPO has an eye-popping rally on its first day of trading. The latest shooting star is Shopify. Like the better-managed IPOs of late, Shopify is positioned for more growth in a promising market. Founded in 2006, Shopify offers a commerce platform for smaller businesses, whether they operate purely online, in brick-and-mortar stores, in pop-up shops and trade shows, or all of the above. Larger retail and restaurant chains have plenty of resources to set up point-of-sale systems…

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